The last time I saw R Stevie Moore was in September 2007. After many emails and phone calls, getting lost on my cumbersome police motorcycle on the highways of New Jersey, I arrived 4 hours late but was still given a warm welcome – we chatted into the evening, Kris, his parter made me some dinner and Steve and I unfurled our sleeping kit and lay on the studio floor together as he told me he snored and we would sleep in the studio so Krys would not be disturbed. A CD was produced which played on repeat all night – white noise – it was the only way I can get to sleep – Stevie said.
Late 2010, Steve left Bloomfield New Jersey, his home with Krys for 30 or so years and found his way back to Nashville – the town he grew up in – this time, he was homeless. This was to be a blessing, or so it seems, as he re-made and made friends eventually being approached by John Demiglio, a film maker who suggested a documentary on Steve, on one condition; that he would organise a world tour for Steve, along with the Band Tropical Ooze.
Earlier this year, I heard of the plans for the world tour as the money to do the project was raised on line through Kickstarter.com. I got in touch with Mr. Moore and he agreed to meet up in London. I was very fortunate as the itinerary for the tour left us very little elbow room. At 2.15 the tour van rolled up on the last day of the European leg of the tour in Borough High St and we recorded this special edition of Outsider In before they rushed over to do a sound check at the Lexington in Islington.
I put Stevie and the band up in my house (luckily nearby) after the gig. We all had breakfast together – Stevie seemed tired and withdrawn; I guess he was saving his energy for the stage – and it was a superb gig he played the night before. I gave them a hug and waved them off as they went to fly back to the USA to do a final West Coast tour which should prove to be amazing – Ariel Pink is going to play live with Stevie and that is really something to look forward to.
I think by now I should have podcasted this show –
This edition of Outsider In features Resonance104.4fm vetenarian Dan Wilson.
Dan reluctantly appeared live as my guest on in the Resonance studio. Nonetheless we both saw it through.
I hope you can as well.
Dan Wilson created and hosted the wonderful Hellbore Shew and Epistaxis Time. He also gave me a paperback book on beer recipes he found on his way over to meet me.
This man is not on holiday. He is a war hero who has had his young daughter taken away from him and put into care. He had been serving in Gulf War I and II and decorated with a silver star and 5 purple hearts. He cut his thumb off with a chainsaw just before I met up with him in a campsite in Vermont. We hear of his war adventures and meet up with his blind Vietnam Vet buddy. Scott lives in a trailer worth $1000 with his wife – he has no job now – there are many like him.
We also hear an exerpt of an inpromptu gathering of 60 bluegrass musicians who meet up in Nothern Idaho each year to play together.
Finally, James wins $1:60 in a first nation run Casino on the Canadian border.
Outsider In broadcast on Saturday 13th June 2009 half an hour early so you can hear all of it now in case you missed it.
You find a gaggle of hung over residents of Butte wishing they had not drunk so much after a week of festivities of Evel Kneivel week in a bar in Butte Montana – the best way to deal with this is to drink quantities of Capt. Morgan or Marys. James lapses into a gastly transatlantic drawl as he coaxes real-life stories from his fellow drinkers. This photo was taken at the time of the recording. The other photo is of someone making a BBC documentary just before Mr. Kneivel passed on.
Dave Cloud is a music visionary and the principal of Dave Cloud and The Gospel of Power. You might even have seen him advertising a well-known brand of American beer recently.
By day, Dave’s whiskey voice is used to read books to the blind. By night, he manifests as a high priest of punk-disco. Some call him a shaman, others a lost genius.
On the programe, he plays live over the phone with his band from Nashville. Dave discusses embarassing memories, police torture, his early days as a punk, eating Brazilian cows and other subjects dear to his heart.
James Tregaskis hopes you enjoy hearing some of the new songs Dave has recorded, including “Take you Slow” off Sexton Mings forthcoming album.
This week, we eavesdrop on James and his guest, People Like Us (Vicki Bennett).
Be sure to don your tin foil hat and join James as he is fends off an amusingly refractory Vicki. As a struggling artist, is it not better to be an “insider” or, should one strive to qualify as an “outsider” – simply to retain some integrity? Is the term “outsider musician/artist” a useful one or not? We will have to leave these questions hanging in mid air for the time being…
James does hope that you enjoyed this series and would love to hear from you.
This episode of Outsider In takes us down to South Devon to meet Ergo Phizmiz. We hear some of his new work including “The Munchausen Machine” and temporarily named “The Ice Cream Music” We hear the origins, influences, interests and share a brew with this highly talented composer, radio dj and sound artist, also of his collaboration with People Like Us – who will be our guest in the next episode of Outsider In. Please find more treasures at Ergo’s site
In this episode of Outsider in we hear about the man behind the Wavelength show running for 4 years now on Resonance FM and some of the outside musician/artist tracks William brought in for us to us hear.
If you want to contact James email him at email@example.com or you could go to William’s web site at http://www.williamenglish.com – You can hear and read synopses of many of his shows.
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